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With the comment period closed on a USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) proposal to allow fresh beef imports, under specific conditions, from 14 Brazilian states, the agency will begin wading through more than 800 comments submitted since the rule was proposed in December 2013. While some agriculture organizations, including the American Meat Institute and the American Farm Bureau, submitted comments in support of the rule, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association submitted extensive comments, based on both an internal review and a third-party scientific review, explaining its opposition to the proposed rule. The National Farmers Union also submitted comments opposing the rule.